[The Times on September 9 published a letter from DPWH responding to the article of former columnist Ricardo B. Ramos about the Cavite section of the Daang Hari road. The following is Mr. Ramos’ response to DPWH.]
THE 11-km. Daang- Hari Road was constructed more than 10 years ago in 2003. It starts from the Alabang-Zapote Road in Muntinlupa-Las Piñas, Metro and ends at the intersection of Molino, Bacoor, Cavite. The Muntinlupa-Las Piñas section of Daang-Hari is about 8 kms, while the Cavite section is a 3-km two-lane road.
It is interesting to know that the short Cavite section has not been converted to a national even after more than five years of the Aquino administration with Secretary Rogelio Singson at the helm of DPWH. So the question is what have they done in a period of five years and two months?
The letter of DPWH claims that the “Cavite I DEO is doing its best to mainatin said road knowing its importance to the road users of Cavite.” However, over the past five years under the Daan na Matuwid of the Aquino administration, there has been NO ROAD MAINTENANCE to speak of. The pavement has not been paved with asphalt in spite of deterioration of the concrete surface like scalling.
In complete contrast, national roads which have been paved with asphalt like Sucat Road in Parañaque and the Alabag-Zapote Road in Muntinlupa, have been applied with DOUBLE ASPHALT OVERLAY of 100 mm or 4.0 inches thick. The same has been done in the Sta.Rosa-Tagaytay Road in Laguna where the road pavement is now as high as the sidewalk. You can see these sections in front Toyota Motors Philippines and Bel-Air village in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
It is amusing to read that “the Department is set to implement road widening projects and flyover across Molino Boulevard-Daang Hari road intersection in 2015 and 2016 to alleviate the current traffic situation in the area.” It is already September 2015 and still the DPWH “IS SET TO IMPLEMENT road widening projects … in 2015 ….”
These should have been implemented more than two years ago in 2013 and competed in 2014 – and NOT in the “LAST THREE MINUTES” of the Aquino administration. DPWH has less than Six Months to undertake the project between October 2015 and March 2016. There is an Election Ban on government projects during the campaign period.